In a nutshell: A fresh and velvety Verdicchio Classico Superiore from the Marche region near Italy's Adriatic coast.
The lowdown: The reputation of Verdicchio suffered somewhat in the past with the large amount of bland wines, often in kitsch amphora shaped bottles, that were widely seen. Thankfully, with the designation of the smaller Classico zone in the hills of the area, it's now possible to find good quality examples of the type like this. It has a fresh acidity with a medium-full and quite velvety body which results in a very accomplished wine. Complex fruity and floral aromas lead onto flavours of ripe stone fruits, red apple and hints of spice.
When to drink: A silky and cultured example of Verdiicchio; try with rich food, savoury seafood and white meat dishes.
Wine production has been in the Ceci family since the 1940s, when Umberto Ceci first bought Verdicchio vineyards in the town of San Paolo di Jesi, in Italy's Marche region not far from the Adriatic. This is where current winery is still located.
In the 1950s, Umbertos son Amato and his wife increased production by acquiring new land, and began bottling their own wines and in 1992 Amatos son Maurizio, the third generation of the family in the business, and his wife Serenella invested in a modern winery, which they called Vignamato. This investment has allowed them to capture perfectly all the fresh, vibrant character of their coastal grapes. The next generation in the shape of Maurizio and Serenella's children, Alessandra, Andrea and Francesco are now helping to shape the future of the business.
In total They farm around 18 hectares of vines, most of which is planted with Verdicchio, which goes towards the area's most well known whites, and they also have a few hectares of Sangiovese and Montepulciano used for their equally impressive, if lesser known red wines.